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Augmented Reality Effects Bring New Life to Exhibits at the Trick Eye Museum Singapore

Combine 3D together with Augmented Reality (AR) and you’ll get an out of this world experience!

27th May 2017 will mark the launch of Trick Eye Museum Singapore’s new AR mobile app, which you can use to take pictures at the museum and also discover the additional animations which appear with each of their art exhibits. This app is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. You can use the app to take both photos and videos of yourself interacting with the art installations. There are added sound effects and music if you take videos using the app and you can watch some of my clips towards the end of this post.

The AR experience starts outside the entrance to the museum, where there is a hideous sea serpent waiting to pounce on unsuspecting visitors!

Running apps on your mobile with AR features does drain your phone battery life and I forgot to bring a power bank, thus in order to conserve my phone battery, I took only AR photos and videos during this visit, but I’ve also included some pictures from my previous visits for comparison.

If you have visited this 3D art museum since the last time when they had refreshed their artworks, you would be familiar with the rest of the pictures in this post but do take a look at how the pictures have been enhanced to provide a more fun and entertaining experience to your museum visit.

Original:

With AR turned on:

It puzzles me as to why a tiger has appeared at the Island of La Grande Jatte! Really unexpected!!

If you already think that this scene from the “Ghost” zone looks impressive in 3D…

…you will be pleased to know that it looks even better with the AR features turned on! I felt as if I was part of an animated movie with the skeletons moving about!

Some of the artworks have not-so-elaborate AR features, but the effects are still good as they enhance the visuals of the 3D exhibits.

Original:

With AR turned on:

Original:

With AR turned on:

Original:

With AR turned on:

Here are some other scenes with AR effects:

The addition of the AR features are best captured on video and you can “interact” with some of the animated characters (this is a chance to show off your acting skills!).

Here’s a compilation of some of the exhibits (please excuse my poor acting skills):

Do note that unless you are taking a selfie, you won’t have any idea of what special effects or animations are taking place in the space around you. If you have a friend helping to record the video for you, that person will need to be the director, otherwise it is pretty much up to your own imagination with regards to how to react in the scene!

Don’t worry if it’s too noisy at the museum, as the app will not record the background noise but instead overlay its own music and sound effects to your video.

Overall it was good fun and the AR effects certainly provide a different kind of interactive experience with the art installations!

Things to take note of before heading to the museum:

    • Download the “Trickeye” app (Free) from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
    • Bring along a power bank in case your mobile battery runs low from using the app.
    • Try to familiarise yourself with the functions on the screen, otherwise if you are not sure, you can always refer to the tutorial page.

From 27 May to 26 June 2017, visitors to the museum will enjoy 50% off admission prices for tickets purchased from the Trick Eye Museum and Sentosa ticketing counters.

Thanks to Trick Eye Museum Singapore for the media preview of the new AR features!

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Latest Exhibits at the National Museum of Singapore

As part of the final stage of the National Museum of Singapore’s revamp of its permanent galleries, the Glass Rotunda has reopened on 10th December 2016 after two years of renovation works. Two permanent installations “Story of the Forest” and “Singapore, Very Old Tree” are showcased here.

Story of the Forest

  • Glass Rotunda, Entrance on Level 2
  • Daily from 10am – 7pm
  • Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs.

Health advisory:  Those who are prone to epileptic fits or seizures may want to use your discretion on visiting this exhibit due to the lighting and moving/flashing images.


Upon entering the upper level of the Glass Rotunda, one is greeted by the sight of a floral blizzard.

You’ll soon find yourself being immersed in a larger-than-life interactive digital installation that is inspired by the National Museum of Singapore’s prized William Farquhar’s Collection of Natural History Drawings. This treasured collection was brought to life by internationally renowned Japanese digital collective, teamLab, using the latest cutting-edge technology to transform 69 drawings into animated illustrations.

As you make your way down the passage towards the lower floor, visitors will encounter various flora and fauna. Try to spot and interact with the various animals that inhabit this forest! I found that the birds and the deer are easily startled and tend to take flight when you approach.

Oriental Pied Hornbill

Black-naped Oriole

Ohh…I spotted a Black Panther!

I love the vivid colours and that the scenes change from day to night and as you walk along, it may start to rain too!

For a more immersive and educational experience, visitors can download a free mobile application via the App Store or Google Play and you have the option of going on “hunts” to “capture” the different flora and fauna that call the Glass Rotunda home. Valuable insights into the illustrations from the William Farquhar collection will be revealed when you have successfully “captured” the animals using your phone’s camera function.

When you reach the lower level of the Glass Rotunda, you can either sit or stand in the middle of the room to take in the 360 degree view of the scenes being projected. This display certainly takes your breath away and is simply visually stunning!

Singapore, Very Old Tree

  • Glass Rotunda, Level 1
  • Daily from 10am – 7pm
  • Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs.

The lower level of the Glass Rotunda houses the Singapore, Very Old Tree exhibit by renowned local photographer and artist Robert Zhao. This features 17 images of significant trees in Singapore and around the vicinity of the National Museum, as well as various stories which present visitors with an alternative perspective of Singapore’s history and the personal connections that Singaporeans have with our local trees.

What is Not Visible is Not Invisible

  • Exhibition Galleries, Basement
  • 7 Oct 2016 to 19 Feb 2017
  • 10am – 7pm (from 1pm on Thursdays)
  • Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below.

This exhibition of multi-media installations uses unconventional approaches in art-making and features selected artworks from the French Regional Collections of Contemporary Art (FRAC). Its title and design takes inspiration from the artwork of the same title by French artist Julien Discrit.

Go on a philosophical journey with the various artworks, which will take each visitor into a new state of mind through personal interpretations of the presentations, its surrounding space and context.

When you enter this space, you will see three infrared lightbulbs strung from the ceiling in front of a blank wall. These bulbs are triggered by the viewer’s presence and they will light up to reveal the ultraviolet text on the wall: “What is not visible is not invisible”. The work only appears when it is seen, thus highlighting that to express the invisible, one needs to paradoxically have to make it visible.

I’m not good at interpreting art pieces, many of which are too profound for me, but cobwebs – yes, I agree that sometimes these are “invisible” if you don’t notice them.

This exhibition has several spots for those who like to pose for photos or if #OOTD is your kind of thing.

Moving through the exhibits, I came across a room filled with green balloons (Work No. 262 by British multimedia artist Martin Creed), but my foodie mind immediately made me think of luscious green grapes, thus I didn’t know how to interpret this installation.

I think it makes quite a nice background for a photo – no?

This one below is titled “Repulse Bay” (by Dominique Gonzales-Foerster) – I was a bit confused as its name reminded me of the beach in Hong Kong, but then again, it also resembles a swimming pool! Apparently the artist’s intention is to attempt to have an exterior/interior situation where you are unable to differentiate between whether you are indoors or outdoors.

I was clueless as to what these pieces of paper are for but apparently you can take one home if you like. The faces do look cute!

Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre

  • Level 2, located above the bridge
  • Daily from 10am – 7pm
  • (do check with museum staff on the timings when the chandeliers will be in motion)

This is a new kinetic installation by home grown artist Suzann Victor and it took 2 years to be completed! This stunning contemporary masterpiece features 14,000 handpicked precision-cut Swarovski crystals accentuated by sophisticated LED technology that hang from eight wing-like stainless steel chandeliers. Wow…each “wing” spans 1.2m in length!

At various times in the day, these chandeliers will swing, being propelled by customised electromagnets and they can form 8 different swinging patterns. I especially liked them when the blue lights were turned on, but you need to be quick to photograph them as the light patterns will keep moving and changing too!

Address:
National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897.
[Map]

Telephone: +65 63323659 / +65 63325642

Opening Hours:
Daily from 10am to 7pm.
Last admission to Glass Rotunda at 6:15pm.
Last admission to all other galleries at 6:30pm.

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New Artworks at Trick Eye Museum Singapore

Since its opening in June 2014, many people have had fun doing wacky poses with the various art pieces at the Trick Eye Museum in Singapore. The museum has now refreshed its gallery with new sculptures, an interactive 4D concept and new themed zones – “Mystery”, “Excitement”, “Fairytale”, “Fantasy”, “Supernatural” and “Trick World”. More than half the museum has been updated with the new artworks and these were ready on 31 October 2015.

I was curious about the displays and worked through my usual lunch hour so that I could get out of the office during the mid-afternoon to attend the media preview. ^_^

New sculptures can already be found outside the museum – you can pose with Andy Warhol…

…or share some love with Mona Lisa!

Alternatively, how about taking a selfie with this lady taking a selfie? :p

When you enter the museum, you can see that iconic Big Baby sculpture is still there, as well as a bunch of circus folk. However, there are some additions placed between the existing sculptures, like this lady with hula hoops,…

…a lion…

…and Andy Warhol balancing on some chairs!

This horse and carriage (also new!) took up quite a substantial space in this area.

A Rubik’s Cube has been placed just before the gigantic book entranceway which leads to the other exhibition zones.

If you enter and turn to the right, you will see the following new animated and interactive exhibits…

Fancy turning yourself into an Andy Warhol-themed painting?

Dancing Star – there are 2 choices available and you can opt for the Chinese theme or Christmas theme. The little kids visiting the museum seemed to enjoy this exhibit a lot and kept going back for more!

When I finally got my turn, I decided to try the Christmas theme first and was transformed into a Santarina!

The Chinese one was a bit cheesy to me. Do note that you have to try to align your face as best as possible to the screen before your picture is taken – mine wasn’t done quite correctly! LOL…

I concluded that this wasn’t my cup of tea and much preferred the static 3D exhibits.


FANTASY ZONE

I think this is my favourite out of all the zones!

Fancy taking shelter with a Frog?

Waterfall – you can pose on that tree stump or across that gaping hole as seen two pictures above.

Alice House – Yikes! Looks like Alice is stuck here!

Flower Ball – Try imagining yourself being trapped in a water bubble in this picture.

Hmm…do you think a hunk or babe would look better in this setting?


FAIRYTALE ZONE

I noted that “The Scream” has been removed from its previous picture frame and now has a bigger backdrop.

Teddy Bear – doesn’t he look 3D? ^_^

Sit and get transported somewhere else by this couple!

Afternoon Tea Parties – I don’t know why but I just love this picture!!

Ice Cliff – You can play hero and damsel in distress here. However, I wouldn’t recommend that you wear heels if you are perched on a precarious ledge like this!


EXCITING ZONE

Ice Wall Climb – You can have fun thinking up various poses for this one!


GHOST ZONE

This is a brand new zone which focuses on the supernatural.

Sandglass

Vampire

Floating Slippers


TRICK WORLD

That ballet-themed wall is still there, plus the Merlion.


Art Fighter – this is one of the more interactive exhibits as it includes a fighting game.

If you’re not into practising some kungfu moves in the game, you can still pose for a 3D photo. ^_^

Overall, the new exhibits are fun to interact with. Have an enjoyable time posing with them when you visit the museum! ^_^

Thanks to Trick Eye Museum Singapore for the invite to the media preview!

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Alive Museum in Singapore

Alive Museum is the second 3D art museum which hails from Korea and opened in Singapore in June 2014, i.e. several days after the Trick Eye Museum had opened at Resorts World Sentosa.

Is 3D art expected to be a big hit on our shores? I wonder…

I must say that I had enjoyed myself tremendously at the Trick Eye Museum and was wondering how this one would compare, thus my hubby and I went to check it out…

The entrance to the museum has 2 paintings which you can pose with (admission fee not required).

  

As for the exhibits in the museum, I’ll start off with this picture in which it appears as if you’re a kid being cradled.


Alternatively, you can become a giant baby’s plaything!


On the theme of being manhandled, here’s another one…


…and another…


Oww…

Ok, enough of being picked on by these virtual characters! Let’s move on…


Fans of superheroes and cartoon characters will probably enjoy it here as you can have your picture taken with them.

Here’s one where you can get some famous personalities like Beckham and Bruce Lee (and even Spiderman!) to kowtow to you.


Superman to the rescue! You’ll need to pose and coordinate with your photographer on this one. I think my picture didn’t quite turn out right… LOL


Hulk – I thought this looked a little bizarre as you’ll need to align your body so that half is visible and gets reflected in the mirror! (up to your own interpretation)


Kungfu Panda – Now this is gross! You’ll never think of chocolate ice-cream in the same way again!


This scene with a flying house has a character who looks like Russell, that little boy scout from the movie “Up”.


You can pose and become the pupils in E.T.’s eyes, which I thought was a little weird, but we took a photo anyway just for the fun of it.


Charlie Chaplin – I felt the illusion didn’t quite work as you can see the door in the wall which leads to the next room of 3D paintings.


Here I am trying to stop a busload of foreign dignitaries!


Hmm…we weren’t quite sure what to do in this hall of mirrors but here’s a sample shot. Ladies, if you are planning to wear a skirt to this place, be warned – everything will be reflected in the mirrors! (i.e. the floor is also mirrored)


Experience life under the sea as a mermaid!


What do you think of this dragon?


Having “fun” with the Merlion – I should have brought an umbrella!


Being sucked into a whirlpool from the waters originating from MBS…


Hanging around and enjoying the skyline – I thought the shadows kinda spoiled the visual effect.


Meerkats – again the spotlights cast shadows onto the picture.


Whee!…


Zookeeper


This painting with the giraffe is one of my favourites but positioning yourself for the photo was a bit challenging!


Here’s one with an elephant…


…and another…


Ohh…I absolutly adored this picture of the penguins!


Couldn’t help taking another shot but with a different pose. ^_^


This next scene looks like something out of a bad dream (or perhaps it may be an exciting adventure to some?)…


Attempting some ballet…


…followed by some circus acts…


…and acrobatic feats!


Uh-oh!….


There’s also a sports section and you can try kayaking…


…and table tennis.


This basketball court is created based on concept of the Ames room.


I’m not sure what happened but I guess this guy needed some help to remove a tooth?


Finally, I’ll end this post by sailing away dreamily in a paper boat… ^_^


Verdict: The entire museum is divided into multiple rooms with the clever use of wall partitions and you’ll need to get to the next room by opening a door. Do note that you won’t be able to return to the previous room as the door only has a handle on one side of it. This could result in overcrowding at a particular room if many people waiting for their turn to take pictures with the paintings. Be careful when opening the doors as there could be someone standing behind it! Gosh…I’ve never opened/closed so many doors in a single day!

I felt the lighting ruined quite a number of the shots as the spotlights either cast shadows or had reflections in the pictures. The museum doesn’t encourage the usage of your camera flash in order for the pictures to turn out nice and thus I didn’t use any. However, the spotlights either caused parts of the picture to be overexposed, some created reflections or shadows onto the paintings, and some caused your face to be overexposed. If you use your camera flash, you’d probably create reflections of the flash in the photo too!

I only had 2 favourites out of the entire collection and they were the one with the giraffe and the painting with the penguins.

Overall, it’s a good rainy day activity, especially if you enjoy posing for photos. However, it’s best to go on a weekday to avoid the crowds and other people getting into your pictures!


Address:
Alive Museum
Suntec City Mall #03-372 (between Towers 3 & 4)

Opening Hours:
Daily from 10am to 10pm (last admission at 9pm)

Ticket Prices:
Adult 13 yrs and above: S$25
Child 3 – 12 yrs: S$20
Package 2 Adults + 1 Child: S$60
Check their website for further promotions.

Getting There by MRT:
5 min walk from Promenade Station (Circle Line, CC4) Exit C. Walk into the East Atrium (between Towers 3 and 4) and take the lifts / escalator up to the 3rd level (one floor up from Toys R Us)

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[CONTEST GIVEAWAY] Trick Eye Museum Tickets and Hee Kee Desserts Vouchers!

Since Singapore’s birthday (i.e. National Day) is just around the corner, I thought I’d hold a contest to celebrate. ^_^

I have 2 pairs of Trick Eye Museum tickets (2 winners – a pair of tickets each) and $20 worth of Hee Kee Desserts vouchers (2 winners – $10 each) to be given away.

Contest

How to Participate?
(1) The Contest is held on my Facebook page.
(2) Click LIKE on Jaznotabi Facebook page.
(3) Comment on the contest post in Facebook and let me know which prize you would like to win.
(4) Share the contest post (refer step 3) on your Facebook Timeline (remember to set it to “Public” so that we can see it).


Terms & Conditions:

  • Contest ends on Monday, 4th August 2014 at 10pm Singapore time.
  • Winners will be randomly picked.
  • You can participate in the prize drawing for both sets of prizes. However, each winner can only win either Trick Eye Museum tickets or Hee Kee Desserts vouchers, but not both (to give more people a fair chance to win).
  • Prize Delivery in Singapore only – at HarbourFront(VivoCity), Serangoon(Nex) or Sengkang(CompassPoint).
  • Expiry Date for Trick Eye Museum tickets is 31st Sept 2014.
  • Expiry Date for Hee Kee Desserts vouchers is 31st Dec 2014.


Click on the links below for more details on:

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Trick Eye Museum in Singapore!

Trick Eye Museum, a renowned tourist destination in South Korea, has made its way to Singapore! This three-dimensional (3D) art gallery features paintings created using trompe l’oeil techniques that give each 2D art piece the illusion of being in 3D.

The museum occupies an area of 800 square metres and features six theme zones (World of Masterpieces, Love in Winter, Star of Circus, Safari Kingdom, Dreams of Fairytale and Adventure Discovery), with 80 3D paintings and optical illusion masterpieces, 50 of which were created specially and adapted for the Singapore gallery.

I had been eagerly anticipating the opening of this museum and was absolutely thrilled when I was invited to a preview! The museum officially opens on Sunday, 8th June 2014.

Here’s the ticketing booth, sandwiched between the entrance and exit of the museum.

This museum is meant to be an interactive one and visitors are expected to pose with the paintings so that they’ll look as if they are subjects within the masterpieces. It’s definitely something that will interest those who love posing for photographs and taking selfies!

When you enter the museum, you will be welcomed by a sculpture of a giant baby, which is making its debut appearance here in Singapore.

Visitors can pose by getting into the cage – does it look like I’m being held captive by a giant baby?


Other exhibits around the hall…


Before I go on further about the artworks on display, let me give you a peek at the ribbon cutting ceremony by the VIPs (dressed in black) from Trick Eye Museum and Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).

VIPs from Left to Right:
Mr John Hallenbeck, Vice President of Attractions at RWS
Ms Sujin Oh, Curator of Trick Eye Museum
Mr Goh Chye Boon, Executive Vice President of Resort Operations at RWS
Mr Jason Kang, CEO of Trick Eye Museum


Now onto the exhibits…

WORLD OF MASTERPIECES


This is an extract from the Paris Street; Rainy Day oil painting by French artist Gustave Caillebotte.


Based on A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – 1884 (French: Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte – 1884) by Georges Seurat, I must say that when I first looked at it, it was very 2D but after I went in and posed for the photo, I could hear people around me gasping cos it was as if the painting suddenly came to life and became 3D!


A slightly twisted version of The Scream by the Expressionist artist Edvard Munch. Oops, I guess now you know the real reason why he screamed!… :p


Some other fun shots….

   


More exhibits await behind that open book with Mona Lisa on its cover.

Upon entering and turning to the right, you will need to walk across this illusion of a bottomless pit – well, you can walk around it if you think it looks scary.


The Ames Room just blows your mind away. I still can’t get my head around it and it is indeed a very clever illusion! Ohh…I forgot to mention that if you are uncertain of how to pose for the photos, there are some tips given on the signs placed next to the exhibits.

I got a model to pose with me (this was a preview event so there were models who were available to pose for pictures) as you need at least 2 people to make the illusion work. Notice that the person on the right always appears bigger than the person on the left?

   


SAFARI KINGDOM


The next few paintings are scenes from beyond my wildest dreams!!…

Escape from the Anglerfish – Help! Save me!….


Oh no! My arms are slipping and I can’t hold on for much longer!…*shrieks*…


Woohoo! Skydiving is fun!!


Captured by a T-Rex! I am so not liking what is going to happen next…


Yippee! How often do you get a chance to ride on the back of a killer whale?


Ohhh…this is one of my favourites! The entire scene looks so realistic with the molten lava and the volcano erupting in the background!


DREAMS OF FAIRY TALE


I have no words to describe this next picture!… LOL…


Synthetic Boots Cat – Aww…the kitty is sooo cute!!


You can also have your picture taken with The Little Match Girl and the Leaf Fairy.


Angel Wings – the latest mode of transportation! Not a bad idea…


LOVE IN WINTER


Fans of Korean drama will probably enjoy posing with this guy. I think the correct way to pose is for him to have his arms wrapped around you and for you to rest your head on his shoulder. Sorry, but I think he’s too young for me!… :p


Someone commented that this looks like a scene out of Harry Potter!


Ever wondered how it would feel to be trapped inside a snow globe?


Yikes! I hope this mammoth’s tusk is strong enough to hold me up…


Mush! Mush!


STAR OF CIRCUS


Human Canonball – I’m all set, bring it on!


More circus acts…


Synchronized swimming – I should get my hubby or some male friends to pose for this photo – it will definitely be hilarious!! :p


ADVENTURE DISCOVERY


Merlion Boat – one of the original artworks created specially for Singapore!


Wow…I can do a one-arm handstand!


Look Mom – I can do the split!


More ballet poses! LOL…


Alas, it was time for me to leave the museum but this guy didn’t want me to go… (don’t worry, I’ll be back to see you soon!)


What did I think of the museum?:
Wow…I had a blast!! It was fun posing with the art pieces but for some of them I really had to analyse the painting before I could figure out how to fit myself into the picture (haha…I was too excited and didn’t check the tips shown on the wall).

A word of advice – if you are planning to go alone or as a couple, it’s best to bring a tripod in case you can’t find anyone to help you to take the pictures. I think it’s best if you go in a group of 3 or more, then at least you can each take turns to help with the photo-taking. Selfies may not work as some of the shots require the photographer to stand further back so that the illusion looks more realistic. It’s a really enjoyable place for an outing with family or friends!!

I haven’t visited the Trick Eye Museums in Korea yet and now I’m kinda tempted to….haha! Thanks to Resorts World Sentosa and Trick Eye Museum for the media invite! 🙂


Address:
Trick Eye Museum Singapore
Waterfront at Resorts World Sentosa
26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098138.
(Next to Malaysian Food Street and Aston’s)


Opening Hours:
Daily 10am – 9pm


Ticket Prices:
Adult $25/pax
Kids (age 4-12)/Senior Citizen (age 60 & above) $20/pax

RWS Invites members get 20% rebate on tickets to Trick Eye Museum.

As part of their Grand Opening celebrations, ticket prices will be at 50% off until 22nd June 2014 but you’ll need to purchase the tickets at their on-site ticketing booth in order to enjoy the discount.


Contact No: +65 67952481


Getting There:

By Bus:
Take buses 65, 80, 93, 188, 855, 10, 30, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145 or 166 and alight at VivoCity.

Board bus RWS8 from bus stop 14141 at VivoCity or bus stop 14121 at Merrill Lynch, HarbourFront. Alight at Resorts World Sentosa drop-off point, then enter via The Forum and turn left to take the escalator up to ground level.

By MRT:
Alight at HarbourFront station, take exit E to VivoCity and head to Level 3 to take the Sentosa Express.

By Sentosa Express:
Take the Sentosa Express from VivoCity’s Sentosa station and alight at Waterfront station.

On Foot (from VivoCity):
Head to the Sentosa Boardwalk and it’s about a 15min walk to Resorts World Sentosa.

By Car:
Park at RWS B1 East Car Park, Blue Zone. Look out for the directional signages to the Waterfront and take the escalator up.

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